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It's a priority now more than ever that we all stay connected. Specifically, societies need to ensure that older individuals aren't isolated and that technology assists them with staying in contact with family members and companions. Smartphones can be overwhelming, even intimidating at times. Add to that the fact that many older people start to have vision issues, and the small fonts and icons become hard to use -- typing on a touchscreen can be hard enough even with clear vision.
Some seniors these days are technically knowledgeable. Since seniors are more comfortable with innovation, doesn't mean they should agree to muddled gadgets that add pressure to their lives. That is the reason we think picking a simple-to-use cell phone is required. MP Deepu, Co-Founder, Senior World, shares all you need to know about what makes a cell phone accessible for seniors?
Many seniors develop special needs as they age and reports have suggested seniors adopting a reclusive lifestyle due to such changes in their overall well-being. Cell phones these days have become more and more complicated with each gen of smartphones being manufactured at a war scale each year. Seniors on the other hand need simplicity, familiarity, as well as customisations to some degree to fit their needs like eyesight, hearing, trembling hands, need for emergency help in situations, hassle-free charging ports etc.
MP Deepu, Co-Founder, Senior World, shares some key features one should look for while buying a phone for parents or any elderly member in the family:
Most seniors struggle with thin cables and small sockets and land up practising threading a needle every time they have to charge their phones. A cradle charger makes it convenient to charge the phone without any fuss.
A cradle charger makes it convenient to charge the phone without any fuss. | Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash
Quick & Easy Support in case of Emergencies:
When it comes to seniors -- one should always make sure the emergency response is quick and is easy to use for seniors. Selected Research Publication studies revealed that the prevalence of fall ranges from 26 per cent to 37 per cent across various regions, fall injuries are associated with poor vision, vertigo, imbalance, fear of falling, history of fall, presence of osteoarthritis, visual impairment, hearing impairment, and depression. This makes it all the more important to have a device with SOS features that can be easily accessible by seniors unlike other phones where the SOS button is deeply embedded in menus and hard to find.
When it comes to seniors -- one should always make sure the emergency response is quick and is easy to use for seniors. | Photo by Jp Valery on Unsplash
Good Quality Audio:
With age comes difficulty in hearing and this leads to many seniors shunning technology or phone usage completely. Ideally, a phone which is selected for seniors should be compatible with hearing aids as well as assistive devices to help them hear better or have additional sound amplification to assist them in seniors' age-related issues. Both incoming calls (Ringer) and the voice of the caller needs to be clearly audible. Good Quality speakers and mic becomes mandatory to help seniors use phones to help communicate effectively.
Good Quality speakers and mic becomes mandatory to help seniors use phones to help communicate effectively. | Photo by C D-X on Unsplash
Big Buttons, Large Fonts & Clear Icons:
Seniors usually have thick fingers and shaky hand symptoms and most of these symptoms are degenerative in nature which means they only increase with age. With such special needs comes a requirement of special devices and phones. Seniors would need large well-differentiated buttons that help them dial without mis-dialling. Simple Menus and Large Visible Icons are required to help keep navigation simple for Seniors. This goes without saying that Large Fonts are also a must while selecting a phone for Seniors.
Large Fonts are also a must while selecting a phone for Seniors. | Photo by Fabian Albert on Unsplash
Seniors many times require assistance with technology hence their phone should have the capability of getting assistance from someone they trust. Caregivers should be able to configure the phone and help with other settings remotely. It is just like having a personal helpline for troubleshooting.
After Sales Service at home:
Seniors, especially the ones living by themselves, find themselves in a fix when it comes to heading out for small repairs and servicing. Large cities are too crowded and life is too fast for seniors to head out and get things done by themselves so a no-hassle after-sale service is the next big thing that seniors need not just for phones but also for their daily needs.
Following are the phones and handsets highly recommended by our research team who have tried to shortlist the best, accessible and unique offerings in the mobile Industry to keep things simple for buyers looking to buy or gift their elders some simplicity.
Available phones in the market are Easyfone Royale, iBall Aasaan 2, Easyfone Elite, Easyfone Marvel, Nokia 3310, Easyfone Udaan2. Finding the right cell phone can be tough, especially when it comes to keeping things simple. Luckily, these features have become more advanced and are striving to make them even easier to use.
(Articl eoriginally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: elderly, phone, asyfone Royale, iBall Aasaan 2, Easyfone Elite, Easyfone Marvel, Nokia 3310, Easyfone Udaan2.
Indian researchers have developed an "improved" wastewater treatment solution that can completely reuse dye wastewater from textile industry, eliminating its toxicity and making it suitable for domestic and industrial usage. It reduces the water treatment costs and facilitate the reuse of the water in dry regions. The current three-stage treatment process for wastewater consisting of primary, secondary, and tertiary treatment is unable to treat toxic industrial wastewater.
The stand-alone Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) treatment technique for colour and odour properties in industrial effluents (dye-based) may be insufficient to meet set government standards and is also limited due to the high cost of AOPs involving continuous supply of chemical reagents."This is because it cannot remove the synthetic industrial dyes and the effervescent colour and odour, which have a long-lasting carcinogenic and toxic effect on the ecological and especially aquatic life. In order to remove this toxicity, an upgraded solution with the AOP technology is the need of the day, a release from the Department of Science & Technology (DST) said.
Working towards this, researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, with Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, and MBM College, Jodhpur, have developed a modified AOP solution.The completely modified treatment process consists of the primary dosing step followed by the sand filtration step, another AOP and subsequent carbon filtration step.
The treatment of toxic and highly carcinogenic industrial dyes of textile effluents is performed using this AOP technology for degrading and mineralizing recalcitrant organic matter from effluent wastewater. Wikimedia
It eliminates the need for the conventional primary, secondary, and tertiary processes resulting in maximum colour removal and meets the inland water discharge standards. Department of Science and Technology (DST), Water Technology Initiative (WTI), along with the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) supported the development of this technology at a pilot level in collaboration with Laxmi Textile Prints, Jaipur for the commissioning of this pilot-scale plant at Textile Industrial Park, Jaipur.
The "much-improved" AOP technology targeting zero discharge water management system is being utilized for the complete reuse of industrial dye wastewater for domestic and industrial usage at a rate of 10 Kilo litres/day. The treatment of toxic and highly carcinogenic industrial dyes of textile effluents is performed using this AOP technology for degrading and mineralizing recalcitrant organic matter from effluent wastewater.
It is a direct replacement of the existing treatment plant processes and consists of a low-cost solution of dye adsorption on acid-modified soil followed by a photochemical reaction step within a photocatalytic visible light filter and a unique carbon and PAN nano-mat fibre filtration process. Having been set up on a pilot basis, it remediates industrial wastewater.
The technology has resulted in the recuperation of 50 per cent of the treatment cost incurred from conventional processes for water treatment (especially due to the high cost of sludge disposability) in the water-scarce regions of Rajasthan. Further, scaling up of this plant to 100 kilo litres/day capacity to meet the current industrial requirement is underway with automated plant operations, said a release.
(Article originally published at IANSlife) (IANS/SS)
Keywords: technology, aop, waste water, treatment
To give the users multiple ways to create a mobile experience that's truly their own, South Korean tech giant Samsung has recently unveiled the new next-generation foldable smartphone, Galaxy Z Fold3 5G, with top-end features as well as a best-in-class design language.
For the first time on a foldable smartphone, you can now write down your idea or draw sketches with the S Pen.
The S Pen for Galaxy Z Fold3 comes in two options -- S Pen Fold Edition and S Pen Pro -- and has to be bought separately.
While Galaxy Fold3 5G (12+256GB) will cost Rs 149,999, Galaxy Fold3 5G (12+512GB) will come for Rs 157,999 in Phantom Black and Phantom Green colours.
We used the smartphone with the Phantom Black colour option and here's how it fared.
In terms of design, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G in Phantom Black colour option makes the device look more attractive. It is built with a sleeker, thinner and lighter design for even better portability and it is more sturdy.
It measures 6.2 x 2.6 x 0.56 to 0.62 inches when closed and 6.2 x 5 x 0.25 when open.
The smartphone comes with a 7.6-inch primary display and it also features a 6.2-inch as its secondary display. Both panels offer a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, and as per our experience, we found it to be smooth while scrolling both screens.
However, we found the main screen a little more interesting as, instead of a notch, it has a new under-display camera. Also, the main screen lets you fully immerse yourself in games and movies in a better way.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 sports a 12MP primary camera with an f/1.8 aperture, a 12MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a 12MP camera with an f/2.4 aperture. Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash
With the Z Fold3's updated Multi-Active Window, it's even easier to make dinner plans over text while checking your calendar, all on the device's large screen.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 sports a 12MP primary camera with an f/1.8 aperture, a 12MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a 12MP camera with an f/2.4 aperture.
On the front, the smartphone has a 10MP primary camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a second 4MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture.
So, as far as the cameras are concerned, the smartphone does not have anything different this time. However, if we talk about the pictures clicked from the device, we found the output nice and clear under direct sunlight or bright light as well as low light conditions.
As far as the chipset is concerned, it is powered by a Snapdragon 888 chip and backed by 12GB RAM. There's also 256GB of internal storage standard, though you can opt for 512GB. It runs Android 11, One UI 3.1.1
In addition, the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G is the world's first water-resistant foldable. The company engineers have put painstaking effort into bringing IPX8 water resistance to the Galaxy Z Series for the first time, marking the beginning of a new era for foldable devices.
The smartphone packs a 4,400mAh dual-cell battery that supports both wireless and wired charging and enables reverse wireless charging. The battery also has 25W fast charging support through compatible chargers.
Conclusion: Featuring a stylish design, the premium foldable smartphone offers users unique new ways to work, watch and play. It will let you experience smoother scrolling and quick device interaction with the 120Hz adaptive refresh rate. So, if you are among those who believe in trying out new form factors, the device is a perfect blend of luxury with productivity and multitasking.
The smartphone provides everything you need to stay productive and let your creativity run wild.
(Article originally published at IANSlife) IANS/SS
Keywords: samsung, smartphones, Z series, tech
Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has reportedly filed a patent for smartphones with a rollable display and the support for gesture controls.
Smartphone maker filed a patent with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for a new method for a controllable foldable display with haptic and sound effect, reports LetsGoDigital.
Huawei would allow users to control the screen extension through physical finger swipes, complete with haptic feedback and audio alerts.
Users would be able to activate the screen by swiping their hands above a camera or dedicated sensor.
The design has a triple camera on the back with two small sensors, an elongated flash module and a larger sensor, which can be used with removable lenses Photo by Mehrshad Rajabi on Unsplash
The smartphone maker earlier filed a patent for a smartphone with an external lens at the back, similar to what is already available on DSLR cameras.
The Huawei P40 Pro Plus is currently the only smartphone to offer 10x optical zoom using a periscope lens.
The design has a triple camera on the back with two small sensors, an elongated flash module and a larger sensor, which can be used with removable lenses.
Earlier, Huawei filed a patent for a smartphone with three-flip camera design.
The design is similar to that of the ASUS Zenfone 6 but the upcoming Huawei's smartphone will feature three cameras instead of two.
The Huawei P40 Pro Plus is currently the only smartphone to offer 10x optical zoom using a periscope lens. Photo by Zana Latif on Unsplash
(Article originally published at IANSlife) IANS/SS
Keywords: smartphones, china, huawei, wipo